Development in our urban centers has pushed out many essential businesses such as dry cleaners, locksmiths, upholsterers etc. needed by urban dwellers. These businesses add texture and a much-needed human scale to shiny, anonymous high-rises. ("Downtown L.A. carwash owner cleans up in sale estimated at $25 million," May 8)
With the recent sale of the downtown car wash across the street from L.A. Live, the City Council should require developers to provide space for these essential services at greatly reduced rents.